Research Officer

Contract: Full-time (Part-time, minimum 3 days considered), permanent.
Salary: £23,000-£30,000 pro rata dependent on experience (+ benefits and 25 days annual leave + 3 days off during Christmas pro rata)
Location: Bethnal Green, London
Start date: As soon as possible – August 2018
Closing date for applications: 9am on 25 June
Full job description


Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keeps us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, The Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We are seeking a dynamic Research Officer to conduct a range of research which supports The Young Foundation in its mission. This role will involve working across a wide variety of projects, including both qualitative and quantitative methods.  An enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary working and innovative methods is also essential as the Research team works closely with colleagues in our Communities and Ventures teams, and with other research and applied social innovation institutions across Europe and beyond. Projects which this role will be working on in the first few months are likely to include:

  • Healthy New Towns: The Young Foundation has been appointed by NHS England, in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association, the King’s Fund and others, to create a publication for the development of the Healthy New Towns programme, showing those involved how they can embed health and wellbeing from the outset. YF is leading on a publication related to ‘community activation’, drawing together practical experience and research on community engagement and action, health and housing.
  • Clever Cities: An EU-funded five year programme which aims to foster sustainable and socially inclusive urban regeneration in 8 European, 1 South-American and 5 Chinese cities, through an innovative co-creation approach of embedding nature-based solutions in urban planning.  YF is thematic expert for co-creation and inclusion/diversity as well as Gender and Diversity Advisor.

The role will require regular travel within the UK and occasional travel within Europe.

How to apply

Please send a CV (of no more than two pages) and a covering letter (of no more than two pages) setting out how your skills and relevant experience relate to the person specification to The covering letter should give details of your current role, salary and notice period, and confirmation that you are a British or EU Citizen or otherwise have the right to work in the UK. The closing date for applications is 9am on 25 June. Interviews will take place on 2 or 3 July.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants. For any questions about this role or about the application process, please contact Amanda Hill-Dixon on +44 20 8990 6263.